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February 1, 2005
Nations Marshal Rotorcraft to Aid Tsunami Victims Helicopters from around the world rallied to the aid of the millions injured and displaced by tidal waves triggered by the Dec. 26, 2004 undersea earthquake off the northwestern coast of Sumatra. The waves killed more than 150,000 around the Indian Ocean. The impromptu aerial relief operations proved the critical value that helicopters can play after...
February 1, 2005
OUTLOOK: BRIGHT BUT BUMPY All indications are 2004 was a banner year, and that the good times should continue this year despite the challenges ahead AS THE ROTORCRAFT INDUSTRY GATHERS IN Anaheim, Calif. this month for the Helicopter Assn. International's Heli-Expo 2005, prospects are bright for the coming year, despite some tough times ahead. Challenges do promise to make the coming months tumultuous. The...
January 1, 2005
More Power. Less Dirt. About Time. Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) is the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance engine inlet barrier filtration systems for commercial and military propulsion systems. Based in St. Louis, Mo., AFS has delivered more than 1,000 systems and 6,000 filters to a growing list of military and commercial customers worldwide. Why AFS? Dust...
January 1, 2005
For Rescue Hoists, Cargo Hooks or Weapons Handling Gear, Its the Preferred Supplier Around the globe, more than 4,000 helicopters are equipped with Breeze-Eastern rescue hoists. Small wonder: Breeze-Eastern hoists offer fully proven designs that are continuously upgraded to incorporate the latest performance, reliability, and safety advances. Every single component is rigorously designed analyzed, tested...
January 1, 2005
The 160th Night Stalkers are improving the odds of success through new mission training simulators. The famed U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Avation Regiment-Airborne, aka the Night Stalkers, are about to complete a hat trick in combat simulation, adding the third helicopter-type simulator to their training and mission rehearsal program. CAE is scheduled to deliver an A/MH-6 "Little Bird"...
November 1, 2004
V-22 Questions Recently, Managing Editor Douglas W. Nelms and I had the opportunity to fly V-22 simulators. Doug and I flew the engineering simulator at NAS Patuxent River with the V-22 integrated product team's chief test pilot, Tom Macdonald. I later had the chance to fly a line simulator at MCAS New River, home of the VMX-22 squadron, which will conduct another, critical operational evaluation of the...
November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
October 1, 2004
We are approaching the end of what may come to be known as a year of transformation for the helicopter industry. The year opened with Eurocopter laying the physical and political foundation for its pursuit of more U.S. sales with construction of an assembly facility in Mississippi, home of two powerful senators. In February, cancellation of the RAH-66 Comanche scuttled the widely held assumptions about the...
October 1, 2004
Apples vs. Oranges In reference to Tim McAdam's September column on density altitude ("Watching Your Ps & Qs--and DA," Safety Watch, page 62), helicopters come in two basic flavors--piston engine and turbine engine. The power available from these two types of engines is affected differently by the atmosphere. The power output from a piston engine is dependent on density altitude, all other...
October 1, 2004
Australia Picks NH90 for AIR 9000 program Australia has ordered 12 NH90 helicopters for the Australian Army as part of its AIR 9000 program, increasing the total order book to 357. The helicopters have been designated the NH 90 and will be marinized to operate from the Royal Australian Navy's amphibious ships. The new MRH 90 "is purpose built for amphibious operations and includes extra corrosion...
September 1, 2004
Purists become realists in quest to understand helicopter dynamics. Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Ph.D., has spent 30 years of his professional life trying to understand helicopter dynamics and how they affect vibration and noise. He's nowhere near finished. "We can predict helicopter vibration with 50 percent accuracy," Chopra said, "and we cannot predict noise at all." While today's design...
July 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has established the $1.6-Billion Reset program to overhaul its war-torn aircraft. By John R. Guardiano For U.S. military pilots and maintainers, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is just the beginning. And the biggest problem, really, is not al Qaeda-led insurgencies. Rather, it’s the harsh desert environment and forbidding Afghan mountains. “Obviously, one of our biggest enemies is...
June 1, 2004
  USMC Seeks Eagle Eye UAV The U.S. Marine Corps is interested in procuring Bell Helicopter's Eagle Eye unmanned aerial vehicle tilt-rotor because that aircraft has the speed necessary to keep pace with the MV-22 Osprey, according to its deputy commandant for aviation, Lt. Gen. Michael Hough. "We want a UAV that can go 250, 300 kt. to keep up with the V-22," he said at a recent American...
May 1, 2004
The Pentagon's surprise decision to cancel the Comanche program has been widely hailed as proof of its new determination to transform itself. That the Pentagon will save around $14.6 billion in production costs is also widely applauded, as is the U.S. Army's promise to recoup some of the $6.9-billion development costs by retrofitting Comanche subsystems to other helicopters, such as Apache. Alas, this...
April 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has a new aviation modernization plan: It's back to the future. Indeed, the RAH-66 Comanche is gone, but the AH-64 Apache is very much alive. Ditto the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Black Hawk. And we may not have seen the last of the UH-1 Huey. That old bird may yet have new life! Certainly, prospects are good for the MH-6 Little Bird. The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is slated for retirement, but who...
April 1, 2004
  Situational Awareness is defined as "the degree of accuracy by which your perception of a situation mirrors reality" The trick to gaining and maintaining it is knowing when to get it from technology and when to get it from proven techniques and rules of thumb. Today situational awareness is dramatically improved by avionics technology. EFIS displays, moving maps, GPS, data links, and small...
March 1, 2004
    The European Commission wants Italy to stop awarding helicopter contracts without competition to Agusta. The administrative arm of the 15-nation European Union said on February 4 that it will send a “reasoned opinion” to Italy asking that nation to end the practice. Such opinions are the second step in procedures laid out by the European Community Treaty for enforcing “open...
March 1, 2004
New heavy-lift helicopters could give the U.S. military unprecedented rapid-deployment capability, but first the Pentagon must attack budgetary problems and inter-service rivalries. Army generals don’t always speak well about the Marine Corps. The two services have long enjoyed a healthy, and sometimes not-so-healthy, rivalry. The competition has intensified now that the Marines are returning to Iraq...
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